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"On The Job For Victory" WWI Home Front Poster (1917)

"On The Job For Victory" WWI Home Front Poster (1917)

This WWI poster features a young shipyard worker, with a rivet gun in one hand while his other arm beckons us to join him "on the job". A busy shipyard sets the scene behind him. Building naval ships became one of the most important home front jobs in America during WWI. The reason for this lies in the founding principles of the United States Shipping Board, which was formed in 1916 before the outbreak of the War.

When the Spanish American War of 1898 ended, right on the heels of Reconstruction, America was strapped for cash. Congress capitalized on this time of relative peace, choosing to save money by divesting much of its commercial shipping lanes. By 1914, less than 10% of global trade was run with American-owned ships. As conflicts began to brew in Europe, the American government wisely realized their mistake in depending on mostly European ships for trade. The United States Shipping Board was formed in 1916 with the initial goal of creating ships the country could use as war broke out overseas. Less than two months after its formation, however, war reached the USA and the board's goal pivoted dramatically. The Emergency Fleet Corporation, the department that issued this poster, was formed and rapid construction began to make warships.

Size*: 21" x 27.75"
Condition: Good

Rolled. Never folded. Two 1" tears on right border. One 1.5" tear on top middle. One .5" tear top right border. Small hole in worker's wrist. A really excellent candidate for restoration. The colors remain bright and vibrant.

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Poster Text:  On the job for victory - United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation - Alpha Litho Co. Inc., N.Y.
Tags: WWI   Home Front   Industry  
Produced by:  Emergency Fleet Corporation  
* Sizes are approximate and given in good faith. Sizes are also given for the area of the item itself. Linen backing posters may slightly stretch the poster size, in addition posters often have a larger linen border that extends beyond the poster area. Measurements are for poster alone. Please contact us if you have any questions or you need to confirm exact size.
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